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A Nostalgic Christmas

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We partnered with Oslo-born, Brooklyn-Based Paul Lowe. The man behind lifestyle mag Sweet Paul was inspired by some of our favorite Holiday pieces to revisit what made him fall in love with the holidays in the first place: family Christmas traditions.

Family Christmas traditions

Our family’s most hallowed holiday décor pieces were these old wooden trees that my grandfather had carved himself. They were intricately cut and oh so beautiful. We always placed them on the mantel in a sea of green moss, and they were absolutely stunning. I was so happy to see the amazing wood 3D holiday trees and forest animals that Crate and Barrel launched this year. They remind me of my grandfather’s trees and make me really happy.


“I like to think that I inherited
some of my decorating talent from
my mom and grandmother.”


Wooden forest animal cutoutsWooden decorationsWooden taper holder

Ivory branch taper candleWooden animal cutouts
Wooden reindeer

“Our family’s Christmas decor was done with amazing taste…no plastic allowed, only all-natural elements like wood, nuts, oranges, spices, and moss.”


“In the spirit of warmth, love, bright lights and family tradition I’m sharing a few of my favorite holiday recipes.”


Moravian Spice Cookie Icebox Cake Recipe

This recipe is inspired by a no-bake terrine dessert my grandmother used to make from thin and spicy pepparkakor cookies and cream.

Ingredients
4 cups heavy cream
1 container mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup sugar
About 100 Moravian Spice Cookies

Directions
Start by whipping the cream to soft peaks. Add mascarpone and sugar and beat until you have a smooth cream. Place 7 cookies on a platter or cake stand. Spread with a layer of cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until you run out of cookies. Finish with cream. Let the cake set for at least 3 hours or overnight in the fridge.

Acacia wood serving piece

Moravian spice cookie icebox cakeMoravian spice cookies

Spicy fried nutsNeutral tablecloth

Spicy Fried Nuts Recipe

I love to make big batches of this for family gatherings, and I also package them in tins to bring to holiday parties as hostess gifts.

Ingredients
2 tbsp. peanut oil
1 cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 cup unsalted almonds
1 cup unsalted macademia nuts
1 rosemary twig, just the leafs
1 tbsp. flaky sea salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
A pinch of red chili flakes

Directions
Heat the oil in a pan or wok. Add the nuts and fry them until they start to get golden. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is well coated and your house smells amazing. Cool and serve.

WokBlack plate

Norwegian Forest Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail is inspired by the Norwegian forest and the wonderful berries you can find there. Fresh rosemary gives it a complex woody-herbal flavor.
Ingredients
6 raspberries
10 blueberries
4 blackberries
2 sprigs of rosemary
4 lime wedges
Ice
Juice of half a lime
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup vodka
Ginger ale

Directions
Divide the berries, rosemary and limes in two glasses. Muddle well and fill glasses with ice. Add simple syrup and vodka and stir well. Top with ginger ale.

Vodka, berry and rosemary cocktail

Wave bar glassesIron serving platterOlivewood snack bowl

Holiday antipasto wreath

Antipasto Wreath Recipe

This is such a fun and festive presentation antipasto. I guarantee everyone will be talking about this wreath at your holiday gathering!

Ingredients
1 bunch fresh rosemary
2 cups small grape tomatoes
1 1/2 cups mini mozzarella balls
1 1/2 cup mixed olives
Olive oil

Directions
Start by cutting the rosemary into smaller pieces and place them on a serving tray formed into a wreath shape. Top with grape tomatoes, mozzarella and olives. Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve with some crusty country-style bread.

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